Alabama struggles to keep tuition program afloat

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers are struggling to keep a
college tuition program afloat amid the sour economy.

More than 100 parents met Sunday to hear lawmakers and political
candidates discuss ways to keep the Prepaid Affordable College
Tuition Program alive.

Organizers say they hope the state Legislature intervenes to
help get the program back on its feet after it lost about half of
its investments during the stock market plunge.

A recent study estimates that millions of dollars are needed to
make good on more than 48,000 contracts.

State Sen. Ben Brooks, R-Mobile, said he is "100 percent committed" to making the program work.

He and other legislators say it will take a unified effort from the state's political leadership to save the initiative.


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